You know how there are some movie posters where you look at them, and you can’t tell if it’s a photo or an artist’s rendering of a photo? That’s how this is to me.
When you are on the cover of Allure — the beauty mag of all beauty mags — you should glow. But the background color being so neutral, plus blah lighting, makes her skin tone look dirty and dingy and jaundiced. Not to mention that the angle is beyond unflattering to her features. Also, you know how Janice Dickinson used to complain on ANTM when models put their arms up and rested them on their heads, because she said nobody likes to see armpit? I feel that way about the neck-swivel crinkles. It’s not that she should be ashamed of having them, because that’s what bodies do. But there are ways to pose to avoid them, or ways to hide them, so that they don’t become the focus of the photo. As it is, I’m staring at them instead of at her, which can’t have been the goal. And when my eyes drift from them, they go down to the leather strap, and I keep wondering if she’s naked and carrying a satchel or just wearing very fancy overalls.
So, in sum, the whole thing is — wait for it — the opposite of alluring. Safe to say that’s off-brand, no?